HEY! In case you haven't noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven't, the Marquette Golden Eagles have quietly moved into a tie for 6th place in the Big East standings after last night's upsets of St. John's over Louisville and Seton Hall over Notre Dame. Thankyou Red Storm and Pirates! MU sits in prime position to separate itself from the conference log jam as it squares off with the South Florida Bulls (1 game behind MU in the standings) this Saturday at what looks to be a rockin' Saturday night Bradley Center. A victory for the Golden Eagles on Saturday night would not only put them at the top of the 8 team log jam (8 teams within 2 wins of each other), it also has the potential to vault them into a tie for 5th place with the Pittsburgh Panthers as Pitt has a tough matchup with West Virginia in Pittsburgh this evening. If Pitt manages to get a W tonight and Marquette wins on Saturday, MU would remain only 1/2 game behind Pitt going into their head to head matchup at the Bradley Center next Thursday. After looking at Marquette's favorable remaining schedule, and comparing it to the other 4th-10th place contenders, it's clear that MU controls their own destiny at this point. Approximately 1 week ago, the very accurate predictor Mr. Pomeroy had MU favored in all of the remaining games, and due to other team's tough schedules, had MU eventually going 11-7........good for 4th place in the Big East. I'm not quite as optimistic as Mr.P, but I suspect that the next 2 games at the B.C. are going to be very telling as to how this team is going to finish down the stretch. I hope the MU faithful bring their A game to the Bradley Center the next couple of games because these games are absolutely crucial in making the NCAA tournament.....something that we all thought was a pipe dream in as little as 6 weeks ago.
All that being said, I continue to praise Buzz Williams for the job he has done this season. For any doubters out there, I suggest you look at how the North Carolina Tar Heels and Connecticut Huskies are doing this year. Two of the premiere programs in all of college basketball, both having FAR AND AWAY more talent than the Marquette squad, yet neither likely to make the tournament.....oh and MU won the head to head AT UConn. There is a lot of basketball yet to play, but if MU manages to squeak into 4th place as Pomeroy predicts, I am on the Buzz Williams for Coach of the Year in the Big East bandwagon.
I look forward to the Saturday night atmosphere at the Bradley Center. Hope to see ya'all there. Ring Out Ahoya bitches!